Posts Tagged ‘Dr Seuss’

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

lorax-dr-seuss-quotes-i11Today is the birthday of Dr Seuss!!!!! Holy Cow, I love this man’s work. I don’t know any of us who don’t hold the Lorax, Butter Battles, felines in chapeaus, Sneetches with belly adornment, quads of fish in various colors, egg-hatching pachyderms, tiny Who planets, and all the rest so very close to our hearts. His ability to grab our imaginations with wild words remains un-equaled, and he truly put magic into the experience of reading. Thumbing through the colorful pages between those oversized cardboard covers is an activity repeated in households every single day, and will be for generations to come.

Theodore Seuss Geisel still has such an impact on minds young and old, and in his honor, today is the National Education Association‘s READ ACROSS AMERICA day. All day and evening, in schools and libraries and community centers, events are going on to get young people reading (something more than the brain-killing txtx on thr celz). Those telltale red and white-striped Cat in the Hat hats are everywhere as even celebrities get into the swing of things and read aloud in classrooms and on large stages. More than 45 million people are participating…surely you’re one of them? If not, grab up a book and the attention of a young person nearby, and get cracking. If not at home, volunteer to be a reader in a classroom, today, tomorrow, every week/month/year (as we see education funds being sequestered and bled away, classroom volunteers become ever more important). Readers are needed year-round.

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.” Dr. Seuss

2011–International Year of Forests

So when I watched the ball drop at the New Year (in the warm comfort of home instead of out in the craziness that is New Year’s Eve partying), I had no idea that, in addition to welcoming in a year of incredible new experiences and better days than much of the previous year, we were also ushering in the International Year of Forests. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2011 as the year to focus on the global tree canopy, sustainable management, conservation, and sustainable development, to “celebrate forests for people.”

There are forest-related events around the world throughout this year (find the official calendar here) as well as resources for educators–and those educating ourselves–so we can turn cocktail party conversation to cocktail party conservation brainstorming and movements…and action. There is also an International Forests Film Festival (part of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival) with screenings starting at the end of this month, and ongoing news about the United Nations Forum on Forests.

My favorite film in elementary school, shown over and over each year, was Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax with its ecology messages. “I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees!” Time for all of us to do so.